From Pilgrim's MySpace page:
"Pilgrim met at the bar twin sisters Karin and Maria ran in Gothenburg
in 2001. We discovered we loved the same music. We began playing and singing
the songs of Stanley Brothers, Johnny Cash and Louvin Brothers. In 2005,
we released our first album "Pilgrim"
which received very good reviews and was voted best country record of
the year in Scandinavia. Focus was on the twins' beautiful harmonies and
the sound was more country flavoured than it is now.
The band broke up for a year but came back in 2007 as a rootsier and totally
acoustic combo. We still play old country and bluegrass oriented music
but with more original material. Up until now we have called the band
Pilgrim Sisters, but since sister Maria has taken a break from the band
we have gone back to the name Pilgrim. During the spring of 2009, 16 songs
have been recorded at KONK studios in London with producer and legendary
Kinks rocker Ray Davies. Our new album "Harbour
Girl" is to be released in October and we will open some of
Ray's shows this fall."
the Mail Order editor:
A Göteborg band formed around the twin sisters Karin & Maria,
at the time of this recording running the local music bar KoM. Hillbilly
& country, Louvin Bros. & Delmore Bros., Gram P & Emmylou
H. When Pilgrim played their own bar you could give the expression S.R.O.
a new meaning: Standing Room Outside. On the pavement. Not only musically
gifted, but also imbued with a special charm, easily reaching out to their
diehard fans in their large audience. Two of the eminent musicians of
Pilgrim are featured on their own pages of this website, namely Marcus
Svensson and Peter Gran.
Check out their stuff, too!
Friday 23/9 2005 at Röda Sten, Göteborg. Release party for the
debut CD "Pilgrim" on Dusty Records.
Karin Forsman and Maria Forsman Larsson vocals, Tomas Larsson electric
& acoustic guitars, mandolin, tres, Peter Gran guitar, banjo, Marcus
Svensson slide, dobro, Christian Kullberg stand up bass and Martin Fürst
Lots of party people clutching beer glasses, mingling in the shadows
of brutally hardlooking stone walls, giving the solid impression of a
heavy rock place. But the Pilgrim sound with one foot in the world of
bluegrass and the other in electric (and eclectic) country music put us
in a completely different mood, and the beautifully frail "Oh Lord,
If You're Out There" even put a dead stop to the bar noise. Achingly
beautiful - and then Pilgrim shifted into higher gear and rolled into
'honky tonk land', giving Tomas ample opportunity to show off his prowess
in 'country telecasting'. Sure, Pilgrim can deliver the Bakersfield country
of "Tiger By The Tail" just as well! Hmm, what cannot they deliver?
A band of many faces, a band with a personality, a very charming one.
And a GOOD band. Just like the eagerly awaited CD. Well written original
songs plus a strong collection of borrowed ones. If there is any fairness
in this trade, Pilgrim could be BIG!
Christer (2005-10-02) Photo by Vanja Fridhammar